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April 8th, 2011 by skippy

The children have learned to climb. Son can now get up onto the breakfast bar under his own power. The spice rack is on the breakfast bar. I went to the bathroom and he proceeded to season the couch. I have had no time to write, so here are some brief thoughts on current events.


1) Government may shut down. Both sides seem to think they can use this to their advantage. I suspect both are wrong. Members of congress on both sides of the aisle fudge legislation to pretend they are going to withhold their own paychecks, while guaranteeing that now such bill passes. They discover that people are watching, and they scramble to promise that they will give away their salary. Party like it’s 1995

2) A man who is a big time proponent of the Birther Movement claims that an old picture of Obama’s is a forgery. He says that he has evidence that the photo was edited to insert Obama into it, and that he has the original photo. That mysteriously still has Obama’s leg in it, despite the fact that he wasn’t even there.

3) Trump is still talking about running for President.  And it hasn’t stopped being funny. Not even a little.

4)Major network host comes out in favor of pepper spraying small children.

To be fair, it was an especially disobedient 8 year old.

5) Of the many issues facing our country today, I strongly feel that copyright infringement is definitely the most important. I’m glad that Congress agrees.

6) Eyeball successfully grown in a Japanese lab. Researcher Dr Yashiki Sasai described the procedure as having “expeditionary potential to treat sight disorders”, and added “No, I’ve never seen a horror or sci-fi movie, why do you ask?”

7) Great, now the Japanese eyeball zombies have probably broken out of containment.

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21 Responses to “Current Events”

  1. Tim Covington Says:

    I’ve seen 8 year olds in public that I thought needed to be pepper sprayed (and their parents given permanent birth control). I also realize that this is why nobody would ever let me babysit their children.

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  2. StoneWolf Says:

    My mother teaches 5 & 6 Grade. Because she is a good teacher and maintains discipline in her classroom, they like to stick her with all the problem kids. There was one little bastard that apparently liked to hit people, so they wanted to train my mother in “passive restraint” methods. My mother is rather small. And there is nothing “passive” about restraining violent individuals. If my mother is supposed to be responsible for physically restraining violent children, fuck it, I’ll buy her the tazer myself and deal with the angry parents as well. I’m not willing to risk my mother’s physical well-being because you can’t be bothered to raise your kids right.

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    jmireles reply on April 10th, 2011 5:01 pm:

    Liquid valume, a dart, and a blowgun…’nuff said.

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  3. SKD Says:

    1) I will believe that a congress critter will voluntarily reduce their own paycheck when it actually happens. Until then I elect to maintain my skepticism.

    2) There are nutjobs everywhere. Maybe next time he should try hiring a competent photoshop artist to trump up fake photo evidence. I have said it more than a few times elsewhere, as much as I dislike Obama and his ideals I have yet to hear or read anything which raises doubts regarding his citizenship status. As long as at least one parent is a natural-born citizen then it doesn’t matter where you are born, your citizenship is guaranteed as long as parentage can be proven.

    3) He wouldn’t be the least qualified person to ever run for president. Other than that I honestly hold no opinion.

    4) Discipline is a major problem nowadays. Too many kids are raised without it and too many adults are too afraid or too lazy to teach children proper discipline. Now we regularly have to hear reports of relatively extreme measures being taken to deal with unruly children. There “should” be no need for pepper spray, tasers or handcuffs to ever be used when dealing with children.

    5) Copyright infringement is definitely a problem but the federal government has no authority to enforce our laws in other countries without treaties with those countries.

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    Ihmhi reply on April 9th, 2011 4:36 am:

    TBH, in regards to point #1… do you honestly think a congresscritter gives a damn about their $100,000 a year (or whatever it is) salary? They’re after the cushy private sector work and pensions more than anything else.

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    SKD reply on April 9th, 2011 6:38 am:

    I do believe they care about the paychecks and benefits received as members of the government. Call me a cynic, but while it may not be much compared to what some of them already have but I doubt many of them would willingly give up one single cent.

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    steelcobra reply on April 9th, 2011 12:02 pm:

    #2: For the presidency, it DOES matter if you were born in US territory or not…but that doesn’t change the fact that Obama was born in Hawaii and the birthers ignore all of the presented evidence anyways.

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    SKD reply on April 9th, 2011 5:52 pm:

    It does?
    Qualification to be President of the United States of America
    US Constitution Article 2 Section 1 – No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.
    http://topics.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articleii

    US Code Title 8 Section 1401 defines who does and does not qualify as a “natural born citizen”. To my understanding of what I have read Obama qualifies as a natural born citizen regardless of whether he was born in the US or Kenya.
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode08/usc_sec_08_00001401—-000-.html

    I say again, as much as I dislike POTUS Obama and his ideals I have yet to see anything which would disqualify him based on the circumstances of his birth.

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    Jim A. reply on April 9th, 2011 8:45 pm:

    Well the phrase in the constitution is “natural born citizen.” The usual, although not universal belief is that this means entitled to US citizenship at birth. Certainly in the 2010 presidential election, nobody disputed the fact that McCain was NOT born in the US, but in Panama.

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    Enigmatick reply on April 13th, 2011 10:48 am:

    *2010* Presidential Election??

    Signalist reply on April 17th, 2011 7:16 am:

    3) Trump seems to be well informed, or maybe not, he is lucky he lives in USA and not in Finland, our press would chew him alive.
    5) Funny, European Court of Justice just effectively outlawed Internet filtering, esp. for Copyright enforcement
    http://falkvinge.net/2011/04/14/european-court-of-justice-to-outlaw-internet-filtering-esp-for-copyright-enforcement/ in other words, in one night a safe haven consisting of 27 independent countries was created in Brussels.

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    Signalist reply on April 17th, 2011 7:23 am:

    by the way, that video apparently wants to crash my browser, because when I try to watch it the whole browser freezes, I can hear what they say, but I can’t do anything in the browser window.

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  4. Psychlycan Says:

    I had to laugh at the photoshop fail, mostly because, though I can’t say i’m that good with photoshop overall, I can still do a much, much, better job than that idiot.

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  5. Gwenyvier Says:

    1) I will believe that the twin-backed beast we call the government will cut their own pay when I see it and not a second before.

    2) People are still on this? I don’t know if its amazingly funny or just incredibly sad.

    3) Neutral. Like I said last time, at least he knows how to make money.

    4) Yes we have a rather large discipline issue in this country. Partly because, like another commenter said, too many kids don’t get any and/or parents are too afraid or lazy to discipline them. Another reason is some states (or is it the whole country now?) it’s illegal to spank kids. Law came about because some bad parents beat their kids until they break bones. I see the point but it misses a much larger one. Namely that “beating them until you break bones” already falls under child abuse, which is already illegal. If they don’t care about that one what makes the government think they’ll go “Oh, I didn’t care that I was abusing my child but now that spanking is illegal I won’t do it anymore.” I am sure the majority of the readers here got spanked as kids, their parents did, grandparents, etc. and we all turned out just fine. That being said… tasering or pepper spraying an 8 year old is just a tad (very) extreme unless they’re physically pulling a weapon.

    5) Our government doesn’t need to be making laws for other countries until we get our own place fixed (see #1 about government shutting down).

    6 & 7) BRAINNNNNNSSSSSSSSSS

    ~Gwen

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  6. Tyler Says:

    For everyone blaming the parents of this kid- that isn’t necessarily their fault. Growing up I had partial seizures in the section of my brain that controls anger, causing me to randomly flip out. I was diagnosed and put on meds for everything from ADHD to Bipolar disorder to Adrenaline disorders. If my parents had not been affluent enough to afford several top rated child neurologists, the problems would have likely continued, with me ending up in jail.

    I had zero control over my own anger. I still remember it, and it was honestly pretty terrifying. I don’t know if this kid has any sort if issues similar, but I do know that I would go to nearly any lengths to be left alone, because I knew that I was more likely to flip out if people pestered me. The adults, wanting to help, would inevitably just follow me, making me freak out.

    Like I said, I have no idea if this kid has any problems at all… but you shouldn’t make a judgement without all the facts, which that news story most certainly does not provide.

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    Squab reply on April 9th, 2011 11:24 am:

    Anyone wanna link me to that vid? It isn’t loading for me. As for pepper spray, if the kid is particularly violent it might be necessary. Idk. But you make a good point about blaming the parents without all the facts…

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    Lauren reply on April 10th, 2011 7:23 am:

    While you do make a good point I have to argue with you there. My younger brother was diagnosed with “behavioral issues” as a child. He was diagnosed with everything from adhd to bipolar disorder. The psycologists even went as far to say he was lashing out because of minor disgraphia. But in the end none of these diagnosis ever really held any water. In the end by his own admission as an adult he said he couldn’t control himself as a child merely so as not to get punished for his actions.
    I’m not saying your problem was not genunine. Unfortunely your circumstances would be the execption not the rule. Parents never want to admit they made a mistake in parenting. Saying it is a disorder nine times out of ten is usually a way to escape having to admit to themselves (and others) they messed up in raising their unruly child. Children are smart. If they believe they can get away with misbehavior by saying they could’t help it they will do it.

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    Tyler reply on April 11th, 2011 3:41 am:

    I agree that the majority are just smart kids trying to get out of things, but we don’t know which one this case is.

    I never actually tried to weasel out of responsibility, but I’d black out, sleep walk, and had sort of superstrength when I got angry, so it was suspicious. When I was 7 I managed to pick up a solid door and set it back into the hinges when I was angry. That’s pretty easy for a full grown guy most of the time… but I was like, 4 feet tall and all of 80 lbs.

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  7. Jim A. Says:

    Sigh, back in ’95 when I was younger, I didn’t have to worry a bout a Boehner, ’cause we had an entire Dick Armey.

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  8. jmireles Says:

    Skippy,

    Ah how it warms my heart to hear your darling little ones are at this stage. LOL My youngest is about to celebrate her 2nd b-day, and has been gleefully showing us all the kinks in our efforts to prevent her from reducing our house to rubble. Let’s just say that progress in that dept has been slow, and will most likely come to a dead stand-still early next year, when I leave for my second deployment.

    On to the show. LOL

    1. I’ll believe it when I see it. I mean, lets feel free to short-change the military (the most powerful group of trained killers ever created), just so long as we continue to get paid. I noted that one woman mentioned that she needs her salary because of student loans, and maintaining two residences. As for the student loans, where the fuck did she go to school, that it costs that much per month to pay it down?? Second, on the subject of the houses, sell the one you live in the least, and use the extra money to take care of your son. As for the guys who are independently wealthy, maybe a law should be passed requiring that their salaries be given to pay down the national debt? They helped create it. Why not?

    2. Birther Conspiracy FAIL! This dude is so overloaded with fail, it’s a wonder he doesn’t have his own gravitational pull. LOL Reminder: Just because your dog likes you, doesn’t mean you’re not still an a**hole…

    3. On the news that Trump is considering a bid for Prseident…Which Trump? The Don himself, or that rediculous hairpiece? I mean seriously, does he have to register that thing as a lethal weapon, or is it some super-secret ninja squirrel shit? “Behind Donald Trump’s toupee isn’t his head. It’s another fist.” In all honesty, I hope he isn’t considering it. It’s not like anyone can take him seriously. What’s he gonna say when Kim Jong Il is being an ass? “You’re Fired!”

    4. Pepperspraying kids…that’s a new one. I’ve found myself thinking that, thanks to my kids, I now understand why it is that some species eat their own young. I’ve also considered the use of blunt objects, and even duct tape, to secure a little peace and quiet in a room. But pepperspray?? Eh. Different strokes. God I hope dude knows better than to actually do it…Cops and Judges tend to frown on that sort of thing.

    5. Yes, we need more laws, concerning crimes in countries we have absolutely NO jurisdiction in…as ong as we’re not realy working on a budget to enure the smooth (somewhat) operation of the government. Fuck-tards.

    6. Fuck yeah! I’ll be first in line for eyes like Riddick. I wonder how long until they can make designer eyes…

    7. That earthquake is proof that the world approves of the eyes grown in a lab. It’s also proof that Japan can’t contain that much awesomeness, and it must be shared…I want to be able to see in pitch black…maybe they can give me eliptical irises, like a cat. LOL

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  9. kat Says:

    about number 1
    They decided to cut mid-month pay for the military by half, fortunately for my family we have a little put away and we will be able to get by, but I really do feel for all the lower enlisted who already qualify for food stamps on the basis that they have children. I mentioned to my mother the other day; one of the major contributing factors in the fall of the Roman Empire was that they couldn’t afford to pay the army. The army kept killing Emperors and putting up new ones and the Empire destabilized. Now we have the government refusing to pay the military, yet expecting them to still perform at the highest levels. I don’t see this ending well…

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